Storm Brian set to batter the UK

Posted October 22, 2017

A yellow wind warning has been issued and gusts of wind are expected to be in excess of 50 miles per hour.

'We are more concerned about flooding occurring in areas such as the north western and south western parts of England and also Wales, which is why our 45 flood alerts and six flood warnings remain in place.

Gusts of up to 50mph are expected to bring big waves off our coast too and we're told it could be particularly risky around high tide.

"As we go through Saturday morning and early afternoon the strong southwesterly winds affecting the south west will transfer east and slowly change direction as they will become westerly towards the end of the warning period", Suri said in a statement on the Met Office website.

He said: "The east-facing coast could well see the strongest winds".

The latest models show how the powerful storm will hit Britain, just days after Hurricane Ophelia left a path of destruction. The Environment Agency's Alison Baptiste has warned the public to stay safe along the coast where there is set to be strong winds, large waves and some over-topping of coastal defences.

And ahead of its arrival, the Met Office has issued a weather warning.

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He warned thrill seekers not to risk their safety by posing for "storm selfies" along the coast.

Network Rail along with train operators, has activated its weather contingency plans for some routes and is advising passengers to plan for possible travel disruption.

The wild conditions, caused by a "weather bomb" over the Atlantic Ocean, have started battering Wales and the South West of England this morning, with gusts of wind reaching up to 70 miles per hour on the coastlines and 50 miles per hour inland.

A spokesman said: 'Fallen trees and other debris may temporarily block railway lines and damage overhead wires.

The RAC is warning drivers to be extra cautious when driving on exposed roads, high ground, and across bridges.

Northern Ireland is forecast to dodge the worst of Storm Brian as the so-called "weather bomb" approaches from the Atlantic.